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postheadericon University of Texas Professors Lose Bid To Ban Concealed Carry On Campus

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The Governor of Texas signed a law into effect which prohibits public universities from banning concealed carry on campus. This took effect August 1st. Despite no issues thus far and no indication of issues, professors have sued the state for a preliminary injunction to be granted to restrict a state-granted right.

This lawsuit is so unpopular and unwarranted that the Attorney General of Texas has stepped in to join the motion to dismiss the case.

via San Antonio Current

“There is only one apparent basis for their fear: Plaintiffs think the adults in their class who have been licensed by the State to carry handguns state-wide are ticking time-bombs who are likely to commit acts of violence if they are allowed to carry a handgun in class where they are exposed to the Professors’ ideas. That is ridiculous,” Paxton wrote in his motion to dismiss.

Without any provocation or actual proof of a threat, three professors have filed their motion with federal court.

This just in: the federal judge has shot down their preliminary injunction.

The professors will still have their day in federal court but they will not be allowed to stop legally armed citizens from carrying their handguns onto campus.

Here’s the thing: both the University of Texas system and the State of Texas disagree with the professors’ motion. They have asked the federal judge to dismiss the case outright.

Texans have to undergo a very stringent process before they are granted a license to carry a concealed handgun. Even after being granted, their records are held under high scrutiny and any violation of the law can be used as grounds to revoke that permit — up to and including failing to pay a debt*.

*”…defaults on state or city taxes, governmental fees, or child support. SOURCE: Texas CHL FAQ

Even with Texas’ very proactive measures to ensure each CHL holder isn’t predisposed to criminal behavior, there are academics who are seriously afraid of living in a world where people are free to defend themselves with lethal force if threatened.

The University of Texas alleges that the professors cannot proceed with this case because no federal law has been broken, thus there is nothing to sue.

To make matters worse, a student-run organization has allegedly begun protesting on campus under “Cocks Not Glocks“. The group somehow seems to think passing out adult toys will substitute an inalienable right upheld by both the United States Constitution and Texas law.

The bizarro world of people we’re dealing with is just astounding. It’s a cognitive dissonance that has nothing to do with the right to defend yourself or the responsibility each concealed carrier takes not just for his own life but for those around him.

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postheadericon Three UT Professors Sue To Try And Stop Campus Carry

By Dan Zimmerman via The Truth About Guns

As you’re probably aware, Texas’s new campus carry law has caused some sturm und drangamongst the compassionate class who mold minds full of mush on the state’s publicly funded campuses. Efforts to split the civil rights baby while staying in compliance with the law (and, not incidentally, maintaining the funding flow from a very pro-carry legislature) haven’t please anyone really.

Now, as the fall semester approaches, there’s this:

Three University of Texas professors have filed a federal lawsuit to halt a state law that would allow holders of concealed handgun licenses to bring pistols into classrooms, saying the measure would have a devastating effect on academic discourse.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court in Austin on Wednesday, comes just weeks before the law takes effect on Aug. 1. It allows license holders 21 and older to bring handguns into classrooms and buildings throughout the University of Texas system, one of the nation’s largest, with an enrollment of more than 214,000 students.

The legal argument the plaintiffs hang their case on revolves around their First Amendment rights:

“Compelling professors at a public university to allow, without any limitation or restriction, students to carry concealed guns in their classrooms chills their First Amendment rights to academic freedom,” according to the lawsuit, whose defendants include the state’s attorney general, the school’s president and university’s board of regents.

Reuters is quick to remind readers that,

The Texas law takes effect on the 50th anniversary of one of the deadliest U.S. gun incidents on a U.S. college campus: student Charles Whitman killed 16 people by firing from a perch atop the clock tower at the University of Texas at Austin.

The defendants — who include include Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, the school’s president Greg Fenves and university’s board of regents — say they’re reviewing the suit.

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postheadericon OH THE IRONY – Armed Robbery Occurs 400 Ft From Georgia Southern University On The Day Gov. Vetoes Campus Carry Bill

Just hours after Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed a bill that would allow campus carry, an armed robbery perpetrated by four suspects happened in apartments just a few hundred feet from the Georgia Southern University campus.

But it wasn’t on campus, so we’re ok. Right?

Earlier this morning, the school released the following information on their website:

On Tuesday, May 3, at approximately 11:45 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at the 111 South Apartments off campus. The suspects are four black males, three wearing ski masks and one wearing a “Jason”-type mask. They fled on foot toward Rucker Lane. Anyone with information should call the Statesboro Police Department.

The complex itself has a ‘no guns’ policy for it’s residents, rendering them helpless in events such as this one. This ‘no guns’ policy is common among student housing across the country.

While no information was given as to whether anyone was injured, we can only hope that the victim(s) of this armed robbery are alright.

Let this serve as a real-life reminder that the bad guys are out there, and we should be doing what we can to protect ourselves when they show up. That includes campus carry.

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postheadericon Proposed School District Policy Would Allow 5 Armed Faculty Members On Campus

KINGSBURG, CALIFORNIA — Pulling a sheet from the Ohio district school system’s play book, one California school district is allowing up to five armed faculty members to be on campus. The school superintendent was one of the main proponents of a new measure which would allow a select group of staff members to carry concealed handguns to protect children and other faculty members.

As ABC 30 Action News reports, Superintendent Randy Morris believes that a rise in the targeting of schools by armed criminals is at the center of this proposal.

“The intent is to put the message out there,” Morris explained. “‘Hey, we are in a position where we would really like to be committed to protecting our staff and our kids, and we take that obligation very seriously.’”

The superintendent is currently in the process of getting his own concealed carry permit — which can be an arduous and difficult journey for some Californian residents. He believes, in addition to appointing five concealed carriers for the district, those people would also receive extensive training from local law enforcement so they can coordinate and work together in the event of an emergency.

“God forbid this happens and one of our staff members does draw a weapon. If police show up, they need to know how to respond and what to do,” said Morris.

If you ask me, that sounds like somebody being proactive in deterring criminals and bad guys from targeting schools in that district. While it’s sure to meet some resistance, the proposal has been read once at its first meeting and will be read and voted on a second time in a short while.

Here’s hoping that proactive measures to defeat potential armed threats takes root both in California and across the country.

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postheadericon University of Texas President Announces New Campus Carry Policy To Take Effect Aug 1st

By Dan Zimmerman via The Truth About Guns As you may have heard, many University of Texas-Austin faculty members have expressed their outrage at the impending outbreak of Second Amendment freedoms on their leafy urban campus. One aging prof quit at … Continue reading
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postheadericon FSU President Can’t Make Up His Mind: Changes Stance On Campus Carry 4 Times In 5 Years

We all have opinions.  And sometimes those opinions change when we’re presented with fresh information.  Certainly every concealed carrier reading this knows that situational awareness is built upon actively observing one’s surroundings.  Today, we feel safe — everything appears fine.  … Continue reading
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postheadericon California Tries To Reneg On Campus CCW

In the California Senate, SB 707 is making its rounds.  It’s meant to expand upon the already controversial, vaguely worded Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995.  Outside of the fact it extends the limits of an imaginary “gun free zone” … Continue reading
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postheadericon Campus Carry For The Big Win In Texas!

It’s been a big sore spot in the national discussion of the right to bear arms. For many universities across the country, students and faculty are denied their lawful right to maintain a weapon on their person – for personal … Continue reading
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postheadericon Campus Carry Is (Likely) Coming To Texas

There is not much that seems to be standing in the way of allowing students and faculty to carry firearms on campus in Texas. Bills are currently in the Texas House and Senate, and Governor Abbott has already stated that … Continue reading
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postheadericon Florida State Campus Gun Bill Approved By Senate Committee

In another win for the pro-gun population, a Bill was approved in Florida that would allow people with concealed firearms licenses to carry on State College and University grounds. Another addendum was mentioned that will allow non-license holders to carry firearms … Continue reading
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